How gastronomic tourism is promoted in Bulgaria

Health tours to Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, wine and gastronomic routes coordinated with the tourist industry are being developed and hotels offering local food to tourists will be encouraged. This is done to strengthen Bulgaria's position as a year-round destination.

SUPPORTING LOCAL GASTRONOMIC TRADITIONS

As the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said at a round table dedicated to this issue, it is expected that the first specialized wine and gastronomic routes agreed with tour operators will be presented early next year and will receive the necessary promotion. Thus, the "wine roads" will be included in the electronic catalog of 100 national tourist sites in Bulgaria. One of the first on this list will be the wine and gastronomic routes of the town of Sredets, where agriculture is well developed.

In addition, as Minister Angelkova said, it is planned to encourage hotels that offer tourists local cuisine and regional products. “Currently, amendments to the Law on Tourism are being prepared, which imply the introduction of a voluntary quality mark for accommodation facilities. It will be awarded to those hotels that use the products of local farmers. For the development of this project, a memorandum has already been signed with the Bulgarian Association of Hotels and Restaurants, as well as nine other organizations. All studies show that 30% of the positive experience of every tourist in Bulgaria and around the world is associated with local gastronomy, ”explained Nikolina Angelkova.

According to her, the concept of the so-called slow (Slow) tourism, which they want to introduce in Bulgaria on the basis of gastronomy, will fit well on the “soil” of Bulgarian traditions and culture. “There is nothing more enjoyable than trying local delicacies prepared by people who grew up in this region,” the minister said.

As Nikolina Angelkova emphasized, the promotion of winemaking and gastronomy will strengthen Bulgaria as a year-round and all-season tourist destination.

HOW THE INCOMING TOUR FLOW IN BULGARIA GROWS

About 3.3 million foreign tourists visited Bulgaria in the first half of the year (+ 8% over the same period in 2016). In her opinion, the increase in the number of foreign visitors indicates an increase in the quality of the Bulgarian tourist product.

As Vestnik ATOR previously reported, in the first 6 months of this year, more than 210 thousand Russians rested in Bulgaria (+ 4% compared to the same period in 2016). Tour operators report strong demand in the Bulgarian direction and in the velvet season.

Commenting on the course of the summer season, the head of Bulgarian tourism said that the total revenue from international tourism for the first half of 2017 amounted to 2.4 billion leva, which is almost 13% more than in the same period last year.

NEW HOTEL OPENING

In addition, as Nikolina Angelkova noted, the interest of investors in the hotel fund of countries is increasing. So in 2018, three high-category hotels are expected to open at once on the Black Sea coast.

How gastronomic tourism is promoted in Bulgaria

Wine and gastronomic routes coordinated with the tourist industry are being developed in Bulgaria and hotels offering local food to tourists will be encouraged. This is done to strengthen Bulgaria's position as a year-round destination.

SUPPORTING LOCAL GASTRONOMIC TRADITIONS

As the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said at a round table dedicated to this issue, it is expected that the first specialized wine and gastronomic routes agreed with tour operators will be presented early next year and will receive the necessary promotion. Thus, the "wine roads" will be included in the electronic catalog of 100 national tourist sites in Bulgaria. One of the first on this list will be the wine and gastronomic routes of the town of Sredets, where agriculture is well developed.

In addition, as Minister Angelkova said, it is planned to encourage hotels that offer tourists local cuisine and regional products. “Currently, amendments to the Law on Tourism are being prepared, which imply the introduction of a voluntary quality mark for accommodation facilities. It will be awarded to those hotels that use the products of local farmers. For the development of this project, a memorandum has already been signed with the Bulgarian Association of Hotels and Restaurants, as well as nine other organizations. All studies show that 30% of the positive experience of every tourist in Bulgaria and around the world is associated with local gastronomy, ”explained Nikolina Angelkova.

According to her, the concept of the so-called slow (Slow) tourism, which they want to introduce in Bulgaria on the basis of gastronomy, will fit well on the “soil” of Bulgarian traditions and culture. “There is nothing more enjoyable than trying local delicacies prepared by people who grew up in this region,” the minister said.

As Nikolina Angelkova emphasized, the promotion of winemaking and gastronomy will strengthen Bulgaria as a year-round and all-season tourist destination.

HOW THE INCOMING TOUR FLOW IN BULGARIA GROWS

About 3.3 million foreign tourists visited Bulgaria in the first half of the year (+ 8% over the same period in 2016). In her opinion, the increase in the number of foreign visitors indicates an increase in the quality of the Bulgarian tourist product.

As Vestnik ATOR previously reported, in the first 6 months of this year, more than 210 thousand Russians rested in Bulgaria (+ 4% compared to the same period in 2016). Tour operators report strong demand in the Bulgarian direction and in the velvet season.

Commenting on the course of the summer season, the head of Bulgarian tourism said that the total revenue from international tourism for the first half of 2017 amounted to 2.4 billion leva, which is almost 13% more than in the same period last year.

NEW HOTEL OPENING

In addition, as Nikolina Angelkova noted, the interest of investors in the hotel fund of countries is increasing. So in 2018, three high-category hotels are expected to open at once on the Black Sea coast.

To accelerate the development of the hotel sector, the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism is working to reduce the administrative burden. It is planned to eliminate the re-categorization of accommodations, and to establish clearer rules for checking hotels.

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Wine and gastronomic routes coordinated with the tourist industry are being developed in Bulgaria and hotels offering local food to tourists will be encouraged. This is done to strengthen Bulgaria's position as a year-round destination.

SUPPORTING LOCAL GASTRONOMIC TRADITIONS

As the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said at a round table dedicated to this issue, it is expected that the first specialized wine and gastronomic routes agreed with tour operators will be presented early next year and will receive the necessary promotion. Thus, the "wine roads" will be included in the electronic catalog of 100 national tourist sites in Bulgaria. One of the first on this list will be the wine and gastronomic routes of the town of Sredets, where agriculture is well developed.

In addition, as Minister Angelkova said, it is planned to encourage hotels that offer tourists local cuisine and regional products. “Currently, amendments to the Law on Tourism are being prepared, which imply the introduction of a voluntary quality mark for accommodation facilities. It will be awarded to those hotels that use the products of local farmers. For the development of this project, a memorandum has already been signed with the Bulgarian Association of Hotels and Restaurants, as well as nine other organizations. All studies show that 30% of the positive experience of every tourist in Bulgaria and around the world is associated with local gastronomy, ”explained Nikolina Angelkova.

According to her, the concept of the so-called slow (Slow) tourism, which they want to introduce in Bulgaria on the basis of gastronomy, will fit well on the “soil” of Bulgarian traditions and culture. “There is nothing more enjoyable than trying local delicacies prepared by people who grew up in this region,” the minister said.

As Nikolina Angelkova emphasized, the promotion of winemaking and gastronomy will strengthen Bulgaria as a year-round and all-season tourist destination.

HOW THE INCOMING TOUR FLOW IN BULGARIA GROWS

About 3.3 million foreign tourists visited Bulgaria in the first half of the year (+ 8% over the same period in 2016). In her opinion, the increase in the number of foreign visitors indicates an increase in the quality of the Bulgarian tourist product.

As Vestnik ATOR previously reported, in the first 6 months of this year, more than 210 thousand Russians rested in Bulgaria (+ 4% compared to the same period in 2016). Tour operators report strong demand in the Bulgarian direction and in the velvet season.

Commenting on the course of the summer season, the head of Bulgarian tourism said that the total revenue from international tourism for the first half of 2017 amounted to 2.4 billion leva, which is almost 13% more than in the same period last year.

NEW HOTEL OPENING

In addition, as Nikolina Angelkova noted, the interest of investors in the hotel fund of countries is increasing. So in 2018, three high-category hotels are expected to open at once on the Black Sea coast.

To accelerate the development of the hotel sector, the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism is working to reduce the administrative burden. It is planned to eliminate the re-categorization of accommodations, and to establish clearer rules for checking hotels.

For many, Bulgaria is associated, first of all, with resort holidays. Tourists are in a hurry to spend their holidays on the clean beaches of the Black Sea coast, under the rays of the gentle sun. And few people think that this particular country has excellent opportunities for taking care of their own health.

Types of health improvement in Bulgaria

Conveniently located in a picturesque mountainous area or on the seaside, sanatoriums specialize in the treatment and prevention of diseases of a wide variety of profiles. Here you can do the improvement of skin, urological, cardiological ailments, as well as the circulatory system and respiratory system. The resorts of Bulgaria are famous for their health balneological centers, the selection of individual treatment programs for each visitor, and professional service.

Many health resorts in Bulgaria have mineral springs that emit special water enriched with minerals. Such medicinal water is the main and irreplaceable natural resource of the country. But the chemical composition of such a liquid is directly dependent on the area in which the source is located. For example, the health resorts located in Velingrad and Sandanski are engaged in the prevention and treatment of endocrine diseases and gastrointestinal pathologies. And the well-known radon baths in Hisar will perfectly help those suffering from hypertension and skin diseases.

Natural mud is no less popular among those who have chosen health tours to Bulgaria. Mud wrap is indispensable for disease prevention:

  • Respiratory and Nervous System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Gynecological
  • Urological Disorders
  • as well as vascular diseases.

Such dirt is produced in the city of Pomorie, from where it is transported to other regions.

The best health resorts in Bulgaria

Velingrad amazes with the variety and abundance of mineral waters containing useful microelements and actively used to prevent and combat gastrointestinal diseases, dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system, urinary system and respiratory system, disorders in the gynecological area.

Bankya resort is popular not only for its special climatic conditions, but also for its balneological complex and spa center. Natural and artificial mineralized springs located here help people who have problems with the nervous system, the work of the heart and blood vessels, the functioning of the liver and kidneys, and the gastrointestinal tract.

Located in the west of the country, Kyustendil has been named the "Fruit Garden of Bulgaria". The hot springs are a special wealth and pride of the city, transforming the city into a huge spa center. The unique properties of beneficial waters are used in the prevention of dysfunction of the nervous system, joints, skin and gynecological disorders, respiratory and musculoskeletal system.

To enjoy a good rest, learn something new, interesting and not get tired, choose a gastronomic tour to Serbia. So you will not only expand your knowledge of cooking and eat deliciously, but you will also definitely learn a lot of unusual historical facts, expand your knowledge about the culture and traditions of the Balkan peoples. Contact us - we guarantee that you will be completely satisfied!

What is interesting about cooking in Serbia

Many European (and not only) countries protect their true secrets from tourists, and show nothing but external beauty. And then suddenly they show their nature and seem to open their souls to the traveler and offer to visit the most secret places and learn something new and unknown. This is exactly what Serbia is. For many, it remains a closed, albeit beautiful Balkan country, but for others it gives every opportunity to have an excellent rest and learn something new.

One of the keys that Serbia throws at the feet of visitors is the gastronomic sphere. At the same time, it does not matter from which region the tourist has arrived - it is food that unites the urgent needs of people and opens the way to culinary art. None of the most diligent tourist operators will be able to show all the Serbian gastronomic wonders, so the attention of potential clients is offered unique tours that will allow them to closely study authentic dishes.

Serbia is rich in its turbulent history - after all, the country has been conquered by foreign invaders several times. That is why the local cuisine is rich in the traditions of other nationalities. Thanks to the generous gifts and the lively imagination of local chefs, many foreign dishes have acquired their "zest" in Serbia and sounded in a new way.

Having tasted local dishes, many foreigners will remember for a long time the moment when they got acquainted with a new taste, saw a special way of serving, and became imbued with local flavor and charm.

Serbian gastronomy has been greatly influenced not only by historical events, but also by the geographical features of the region. So, in the valleys there is a predominantly continental climate, but in the mountains it is typically mountainous, and even almost Mediterranean closer to the southwestern border. Such an abundance of climatic zones and reliefs influenced the variety of food products obtained in the region, which, of course, have a great influence on the culinary arts.

Most Serbs are inclined to believe that it is necessary to eat in moderation (not a lot and not a little), while keeping in mind the popular wisdom, which says "as you eat, you work." Therefore, in Serbian cuisine there are a lot of truly hearty and tasty dishes. Although Serbia is also considered to be a country where healthy food is traditionally developed.

Religion also has a great influence on gastronomic culture. Orthodoxy presupposes the observance of special dietary regimes during many fasts. At the same time, there are more fast days on the calendar than all the others, so it is not surprising that there are so many recipes here that do not include animal products. Vegetarians and healthy food enthusiasts will find many fairly easy recipes in Serbia. Serbs are a very hospitable people, they will gladly satisfy any gastronomic needs of tourists. The main thing is that guests feel comfortable.

Gastronomic Tours in Serbia

To taste the best Balkan cuisine made from meat, fish or vegetables, visit national restaurants, visit wineries and cellars, even a weekend tour specially designed for gourmets may be enough. In addition to acquaintance with culinary masterpieces, you can be offered a wide excursion program, within which you can get acquainted with historical sights.

There are several tours to choose from in terms of duration and scale. The shortest lasts 4 hours (from 70 EUR) and includes an excursion within the Circle No. 2 in Belgrade (see the link for another route). A tour for 2 days is optimal - its price is only 385 EUR, but during this time you will learn a lot of new and interesting things. The price includes the services of a licensed Russian-speaking guide and transfer.

If you choose a longer tour, you will be able to see unusual places, meet famous winemakers and restaurateurs, taste the dishes that Serbia is famous for. It is not only wine and rakiya, but also meat dishes, honey, cheeses, jams and much more.

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